[GSBN] Straw Bale Cutting Tool - Any Ideas

Sarah Johnston sol_design at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 13 13:06:53 CDT 2017

Hi David.  
We have also used a band saw mill similar to what Chris and Derek have used and highly recommend that approach.  While I love using chainsaws, the bandsaw creates very little dust, has no fumes, is fast and accurate.  Certainly a great way to go if you have a big job.
May it work out well!
Sven Sarah & Sven Johnston Sol Design, Ltd. 50A Connolly Street  Geraldine 7930  New Zealand 03 693 7369  sol_design at yahoo.com www.soldesign.co.nz

      From: "David Arkin, AIA" <david at arkintilt.com>
 To: Global Straw Building Network <gsbn at sustainablesources.com> 
 Sent: Thursday, 14 September 2017 3:21 AM
 Subject: [GSBN] Straw Bale Cutting Tool - Any Ideas
Hello Global Straw Balers:
CASBA has a workshop coming up, fitting bales between studs in a large three-story office building.  While many of the stud bays are 22 1/2” wide, set to easily fit 23” wide bales on end, many other bays are of lesser dimensions, requiring the ripping of the bales to a narrower width.  
We’ve successfully used electric chain saws to rip an occasional bale during bale-raisings, but the scale of this project suggests a better tool for this task.  One solution we’ve been mulling is a bandsaw (pic attached, covers off).  Thoughts on the pros & cons of this approach welcome.  
Wondering if anyone out there has found or devised a good tool for this task?  I searched the archives (thanks again Bill) and didn’t come up with any prior discussion on this topic, surprisingly. 
Thanks all, 
David ‘must get ripped’ Arkin / ATA & CASBA

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